Li Xuerui
李雪芮
Li Xuerui 2012.jpg
Personal information
CountryChina
Born (1991-01-24) 24 January 1991 (age 31)
Chongqing, China
ResidenceBeijing, China
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Years activeSince 2007
Retired17 October 2019
HandednessRight
CoachChen Jin
Women's singles
Career record330 wins, 79 losses
Career title(s)27
Highest ranking1 (20 December 2012)
Medal record
BWF profile
Li Xuerui
Traditional Chinese李雪芮
Simplified Chinese李雪芮

Li Xuerui (born 24 January 1991) is a retired Chinese professional badminton player. She is one of the most successful players of her time. She was a gold medalist at 2012 London Olympics in the women's singles event and was the silver medalists in the 2013 and 2014 World Championships.[1][2] Li Xuerui won fourteen Superseries titles, confirming her status as China's second most successful player after Wang Yihan. She reached a career high of no. 1 in the women's singles for 124 weeks. Li graduated with a BA from Huaqiao University.[3]

Career summary

Li Xuerui started playing badminton when she was 7 years old. She began playing in local clubs in her hometown in Chongqing. She made her professional debut as a badminton player when she attended the Asia Junior championship which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Li Xuerui at the US Open 2011
Li Xuerui at the US Open 2011

2008

In 2008, she won a gold medal at the Asian Junior championship, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2010

In 2010, Li Xuerui won her first Grand Prix Gold title at the Macau Open, in the final she defeated Adrianti Firdasari from Indonesia with a score of 21–18, 21–15.

Li won her first major tournament, the Asian Championships. In the final, she defeated her compatriot, Liu Xin, 21–13, 18–21, 21–19.

2012

In 2012, she repeated her success at the Asian Championships by defeating Wang Yihan with a score of 21–16, 16–21, 21–9.

Li won the prestigious Super Series Premier event title at the All England Open for the first time by beating Wang Yihan in the final with a score of 21–13, 21–19.

She then captured other international titles in India Open, China Open, and Hong Kong Open.

She collected five Super Series titles, including the Super Series Final in Dubai which she won defeating Wang Shixian in the final.

The 2012 season could be said to be the career peak for Li Xuerui. She made her first appearance at the Olympic Games, and on August 5, she won the London Olympic gold medal, in the final she defeated compatriot Wang Yihan with a score of 21–15, 21–23, 21–17.

2013

In 2013, she won a silver medal in the World Championship when she was defeated by Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon in the final with a score of 22–20, 18–21, 14–21.

In the same year, she won three Super Series titles in the Indonesia Open, China Open and the Super Series Final.

2014

In 2014, she reached the World Championships final, then she lost to the Spanish player Carolina Marín with a score of 21–17, 17–21, 18–21.

Li managed to win four Super Series titles including successfully defending her title in Indonesia Open, the other titles were: Japan Open, Malaysia Open, and Denmark Open.

2015

In 2015, Li Xuerui managed to defend her title at the Denmark Open. In the final she defeated P. V. Sindhu of India with a score of 21-19, 21-12.

2016 Summer Olympics: heartbreak and injury issues

At the 2016 Summer Olympics women's singles semi-finals, Li Xuerui was defeated by world No. 1 Carolina Marín when she suffered injuries to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lateral meniscus. This forced her to withdraw from the bronze medal match against Nozomi Okuhara.

2018: Return to professional badminton

Li made her return to professional badminton at the 2017 National Games of China, where she played women's doubles but lost at the group stage. The reason she had played doubles instead of singles was that she was not yet fully recovered.[4] In 2018, she made her return to international women's singles after a hiatus of 600 days at the 2018 Lingshui China Masters, which she won.[5]

2019

In 2019, she played 25 times with 11 wins and 14 losses. She reached the quarter final at the All England Open, stopped by the 2017 World Champion from Japan Nozomi Okuhara with a score of 17–21, 14–21.[6] After that, finished as the runner-up at the New Zealand Open, losing to South Korean youngster An Se-young with a score of 19–21, 15–21.[7]

She lost to Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-18, 20-22, 6-21 at the Australian Open despite leading in the second game. Afterwards, her career witnessed a huge downfall. She competed in Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and China and lost in the first round in all the tournaments. She announced her retirement from the international circuit in the first round match against Sayaka Takahashi in Korea Open on 17 October after trailing in the 2nd game 15-21, 3-11.[8]

Achievements

Olympic Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Wembley Arena, London, Great Britain China Wang Yihan 21–15, 21–23, 21–17
Gold medal.svg
Gold

World Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2013 Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 20–22, 21–18, 14–21
Silver
Silver
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark Spain Carolina Marín 21–17, 17–21, 18–21
Silver
Silver

Asian Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea China Wang Yihan 21–11, 17–21, 7–21
Silver
Silver

Asian Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India China Liu Xin 21–13, 18–21, 21–19
Gold
Gold
2012 Qingdao Sports Centre Conson Stadium, Qingdao, China China Wang Yihan 21–16, 16–21, 21–9
Gold
Gold
2013 Taipei Arena, Taipei, Taiwan China Wang Yihan 15–21, 13–21
Silver
Silver
2015 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 22–20, 21–23, 12–21
Silver
Silver
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China China Wang Yihan 14–21, 21–13, 16–21
Silver
Silver

World University Championships

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei, Chinese Taipei China Liu Xin 21–12, 21–14
Gold
Gold

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei, Chinese Taipei China Liu Xin China Cheng Shu
China Ma Jin
Walkover
Silver
Silver

Asian Junior Championships

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2008 Stadium Juara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China Wang Shixian 22–20, 21–13
Gold
Gold

BWF World Tour

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[9] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[10]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 Lingshui China Masters Super 100 South Korea Kim Ga-eun 16–21, 21–16, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 U.S. Open Super 300 United States Beiwen Zhang 24–26, 21–15, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Canada Open Super 100 Japan Sayaka Takahashi 22–20, 15–21, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Korea Masters Super 300 China Han Yue 21–10, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 New Zealand Open Super 300 South Korea An Se-young 19–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Superseries

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2010 French Open China Wang Yihan 13–21, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 French Open China Wang Xin 15–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 All England Open China Wang Yihan 21–13, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 India Open Germany Juliane Schenk 14–21, 21–17, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Indonesia Open India Saina Nehwal 21–13, 20–22, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 China Open Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 21–12, 21–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Hong Kong Open China Wang Yihan 21–12, 11–3 retired 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 World Superseries Finals China Wang Shixian 21–9, 15–4 retired 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Indonesia Open Germany Juliane Schenk 21–16, 18–21, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Singapore Open China Wang Yihan 18–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 China Open China Wang Shixian 16–21, 21–17, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 World Superseries Finals Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–8, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Malaysia Open China Wang Shixian 21–16, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 All England Open China Wang Shixian 19–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 India Open China Wang Shixian 20–22, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Singapore Open China Wang Yihan 11–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Japan Open Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–16, 21–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Indonesia Open Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 21–13, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Denmark Open China Wang Yihan 21–17, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 French Open China Wang Shixian 15–21, 3–8 retired 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Malaysia Open Spain Carolina Marín 21–19, 19–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Denmark Open India P. V. Sindhu 21–19, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 China Open India Saina Nehwal 21–12, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 India Open Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 17–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2010 Macau Open Indonesia Adriyanti Firdasari 21–18, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Korea Grand Prix China Liu Xin 9–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Thailand Open China Jiang Yanjiao 14–21, 21–14, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Bitburger Open Netherlands Yao Jie 21–8, 21–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 German Open Germany Juliane Schenk 21–19, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Chinese Taipei Open China Wang Yihan 10–21, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 German Open China Wang Shixian 21–14, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 China Masters China Sun Yu 21–16, 19–21, 21–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

Performance timeline

Singles performance timeline

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A G S B NH N/A DNQ
(W) won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze medal; (NH) not held; (N/A) not applicable; (DNQ) did not qualify.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

To avoid confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through 2016 Indonesia Open.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held G
6–0
Not Held 4th
4–1
1 / 2 10–1 91%
World Championships A NH Absent NH S
4–1
S
4–1
3R
1–1
NH 0 / 3 9–3 75%
World Superseries Finals NH Absent W
5–0
W
5–0
Absent 2 / 2 10–0 100%
Asian Championships Absent G
8–0
QF
2–1
G
5–0
S
4–1
A S
4–1
S
4–1
2 / 6 27–4 87%
Asian Games Not Held A Not Held S
3–1
Not Held 0 / 1 3–1 75%
East Asian Games Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 0 / 0
Team Competitions
Uber Cup NH A NH A NH G
2–0
NH G
6–0
NH G
5–0
3 / 3 13–0 100%
Sudirman Cup A NH A NH A NH G
3–0
NH G
3–0
NH 2 / 2 6–0 100%
Asian Games Not Held A Not Held G
3–0
Not Held 1 / 1 3–0 100%
Uber Cup Asia preliminaries Not Held S
4–0
Not Held A 0 / 1 4–0 100%
East Asian Games Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 0 / 0
BWF World Superseries Premier
All England Open Absent 2R
1–1
W
5–0
1R
0–1
F
4–1
2R
1–1
QF
2–1
1 / 6 13–5 72%
Malaysia Open Absent 2R
1–1
QF
2–1
A W
5–0
F
4–1
2R
1–1
1 / 5 13–4 76%
Indonesia Open Absent 2R
1–1
F
4–1
W
5–0
W
5–0
2R
1–1
2R
1–1
2 / 6 17–4 81%
Denmark Open Absent QF
2–1
QF
2–1
QF
2–1
QF
2–1
W
5–0
W
5–0
A 2 / 6 18–4 82%
China Open Q1
0–1
QF
3–1
SF
5–1
2R
1–1
SF
3–1
W
5–0
W
5–0
A W
5–0
A 3 / 8 27–5 84%
BWF World Superseries
India Open NH Absent W
5–0
A F
4–1
A F
4–1
1 / 3 14–2 88%
Singapore Open Absent QF
4–1
Absent F
4–1
F
4–1
Absent 0 / 3 12–3 80%
Australian Open QF
2–1
SF
3–1
0 / 2 5–2 71%
Japan Open Absent 1R
0–1
W
5–0
QF
2–1
A 1 / 3 7–2 78%
Korea Open Absent 1R
0–1
QF
2–1
1R
0–1
A QF
2–1
A 0 / 4 4–4 50%
French Open Absent F
4–1
F
4–1
Absent F
4–1
QF
2–1
A 0 / 4 14–4 78%
Hong Kong Open Absent W
5–0
QF
2–1
A 1R
0–1
A 1 / 3 7–2 78%
BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix
Malaysia Masters Not Held Q1
0–1
Absent 0 / 1 0–1 0%
German Open Absent W
5–0
QF
2–1
Absent W
5–0
2 / 3 12–1 92%
China Masters Absent 1R
1–1
2R
1–1
1R
0–1
QF
1–1
SF
3–1
Absent W
5–0
1 / 6 11–5 69%
Chinese Taipei Open Absent F
4–1
A 0 / 1 4–1 80%
U.S. Open Absent QF
2–1
Absent 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Thailand Open Absent NH W
5–0
Absent NH Absent 1 / 1 5–0 100%
Bitburger Open Absent 2R
1–1
W
5–0
Absent 1 / 2 6–1 86%
Korea Open Absent F
4–1
SF
3–1
Absent 0 / 2 7–2 78%
Macau Open Absent Q2
1–1
W
5–0
SF
3–1
Absent 1 / 3 9–2 82%
Career Statistics
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Tournaments Played 1 1 4 9 14 15 14 12 14 10 94
Titles 0 0 0 2 2 9 4 6 3 3 29
Finals Reached 0 0 0 4 4 11 7 12 6 5 49
Overall win–loss 0–1 3–1 7–4 30–7 32–12 58–5 39–10 52–6 36–11 34–7 291–64
Win Percentage 0% 75% 64% 81% 73% 92% 80% 90% 77% 83% 81.97%
Year End Ranking[11] 146 11 9 1 1 1 3 8

Record against selected opponents

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists.[12]

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